Examples of bullion metal threads. Examples of bullion metal threads.

Bullion is a metal thread made from very fine wires wound into a tubular shape. It is very similar to purl metal thread. The main forms of bullion are: a) Bright check bullion, which has a faceted (zig-zag) and very shiny surface; b) Wire bullion, which has a smooth surface and is matt in appearance; c) Bright bullion, which is a form of bullion that has a smooth surface and is shiny in appearance.

This type of metal thread was traditionally used for European military and diplomatic uniforms, especially down the front of the jackets and on the epaulets, as a form of passementerie.

Digital source of illustration (retrieved 8 June 2016).


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